There won't be online voting in the coming general election - but it is likely that four years from now we will see the UK's first e-election

It can't come too soon. The pundits predict that turnout could be low this time - and many among the young Internet generation seem profoundly turned off by the ballot box.

Online voting pilot projects in the US have delivered impressive turnout results - and stand in contrast to projects in this country to "take the ballot box to the local supermarket", which have bombed.

By 2006 we will have the technology in place. If Tony Blair's second term target of getting everyone on the Internet is met, there will be no democratic obstacle to online voting. All it needs is the will to do it.

During the election campaign, let's call on all parties to pledge support for online voting by 2006.

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This was first published in May 2001

 

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